This single, "Wandering Around," is a flavorful head-nodding track that certainly harks back to the golden age of downtempo music. This is no coincidence as the track is actually a tribute to Mark Farina's acclaimed Mushroom Jazz series which Ciaran has repeatedly found inspiration from over the years. In addition to its solid beats "Wandering Around" also features a tight acoustic bass sound, echoey keys, rhythmic turntable scratches, soaring strings, and a vocal sample that references the cut's inspiration. It builds beautifully, wrapping the listener within a curtain of sound. This is backed by a more trip hop inclined remix by fellow Dublin producer Spooky O Mansions (aka Declan Mc Comiskey). The beat's a tad heavier and grittier, and emphasis is added to the keys and melody, sounding akin to an early Massive Attack remix. Though reminiscent of earlier sounds, this track and its predecessor still have a contemporary fullness to their production, satisfying modern beat-head dance floors and perhaps foretelling a welcome resurgence of a somewhat overlooked style.
Released by: Suburban Dream
Release/catalogue number: SD12
Release date: May 1, 2012
Suburban Dream is the work of Dublin producer Ciaran McCarthy. It began as an act known as Crowd Control, producing
downbeat, sometimes jazzy, chilled out grooves. With confusion arising from other bands using the same name it was decided to change to Suburban Dream. This name is taken from the label set up in 2007 by Crowd Control “Suburban Dream Recordings”...more